University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned today amid protests from students, including football players, who alleged that the University has not properly handled incidents of racism at the school.
The ConcernedStudent1950 protest organization, which says it represents every black student at the University since 1950, when the first black student was admitted, had released a list of demands last month that included Wolfe's removal, as a part of a protest over the way the university handles racial harassment.
The group's list of demands also asks for a comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum, and an increase of black faculty and staff.
Wolfe, who’d held the office since 2012, announced his resignation this morning at the university's Board of Curators meeting, asking the campus to "use my resignation to heal and start talking again."
"Let's focus on changing what we can change today and in the future, not what we can't change which is what happened in the past," he said.
Here are some of those past incidents believed to have sparked campus unrest:
Alleged Racial Slurs
The protests began this semester after the school's student government president, who is black, said he was called a racial slur on campus, according to The Associated Press. Members of the Legions of Black Collegians also said racial slurs were directed at them, the AP said.
This semester a swastika drawn in feces was found in a dorm bathroom, the AP reported.
During the school’s Oct. 10 homecoming parade, a protest group gathered around Wolfe's car and temporarily stopped the parade, and, according to ABC affiliate KMIZ-TV in Columbia, Wolfe's car allegedly bumped into one of demonstrators. Wolfe did not get out of the car to talk to them, the AP reported.
Wolfe said in a statement Friday, several days before his resignation, "I regret my reaction at the MU homecoming parade when the ConcernedStudent1950 group approached my car. I am sorry, and my apology is long overdue. My behavior seemed like I did not care. That was not my intention. I was caught off guard in that moment. Nonetheless, had I gotten out of the car to acknowledge the students and talk with them perhaps we wouldn’t be where we are today."
"I am asking us to move forward in addressing the racism that exists at our university – and it does exist. Together we must rise to the challenge of combatting racism, injustice, and intolerance," the statement said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.